Michael J. Bridgeman
1959 - 2021
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Michael J. Bridgeman
June 20, 1959 - January 24, 2021
Resident of Santa Cruz
On Sunday January 24, 2021, Michael Joseph Bridgeman passed away at his home in Gilroy, CA, at the age of 61. Michael was born on June 20, 1959 in San Jose, CA. Michael was preceded in death by his Mother, Arlene Bridgeman. He is survived by his Father, John James Bridgeman, his brothers Bill, John and Kevin Bridgeman, and his sisters Ellen Nystrom and Kathy Johnson.
Michael was a 1977 graduate of Camden High School in San Jose. In 1982, he graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Business with a Bachelor's degree in Finance. Michael was intelligent, accomplished, and very successful. After working for Spectra-Physics Lasers in Mountain View, CA, he was hired at Snap-On Inc., where he climbed the corporate ladder into the top tier of management. Michael started as Controller for the Balco Division in San Jose, CA, getting promoted multiple times over the years until ending his career with the company as Vice President in Finance for the Diagnostic and Information Group in Kenosha, WI. He then worked for his brother Kevin's company Universal Janitorial in San Jose, CA as Account Manager and then for the City of San Mateo before retiring.
Michael loved classic movies and had a wealth of information on movie trivia. He loved playing ping pong and was quite competitive as all who lost to him could attest to. His other interests included listening to music and golfing with friends and family. During retirement, Michael was very enthusiastic and successful in his real estate ventures owning multiple properties. Some of his most relaxing times were spent gazing at the ocean from his deck in Santa Cruz, CA.
Family was everything to Michael. He was a devoted son, brother, and friend. Michael was admired by all for his intelligence, wit, and wisdom. We will never forget his hearty laugh as it came from the depth of his soul. Michael will be deeply missed and forever cherished by his family and friends.
In commemoration of Michael's life, there will be a visitation held for family and friends at Campbell Memorial Chapel, 231 East Campbell Ave. 95008 on Sunday, February 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..
A private Memorial Service will be held at Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road, San Jose, California 95124.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from Feb. 11 to Feb. 15, 2021.
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